Game #5649

2021-22

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Position:

9th (+3)

Premier League

Norwich City

Carrow Road

Attendance: 26,836

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Villa canter to victory at Carrow Road as they win for the fourth time in six under new boss Steven Gerrard.

Norwich City

0-2

Aston Villa

Scorer(s) | Jacob Ramsey | 34' | Ollie Watkins | 87’ |

Assist(s) | Ollie Watkins | 34’ | Carney Chukwuemeka | 87' |

AT A GLANCE

Game #5649

Season | 2021-22 |
Matchday | #19 |
League Match | #17 |
Manager Game | #6 |
Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Attendance | 26,836 |

MATCH SUMMARY

Manager | Steven Gerrard |
Kick off | 7.45pm |
Referee | David Coote, Nottinghamshire |
Half Time Score | 1-0 |
Full Time Result | Won |
Full Time Score | 2-0 |
Last 5 Games | WLWLW |

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee: David Coote.
Previous 5: 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟩 | 🟥 | 🟩 |
Incidents: 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |
Assistants: Stuart Burt, Harry Lennard.
Fourth official: Graham Scott.
VAR: Peter Bankes.
Assistant VAR: Ian Hussin.

MATCH INCIDENTS

David Coote

Villa

🟨 |

Norwich City

🟨 | 🟨 | 🟨 |

🟨 | Booking
🟥 | Sending off
💥+ | Incidents e.g. penalty awarded

💥- | Incidents e.g. penalty conceded, goal disallowed

💥 | Incidents e.g. refused clear pen

🆘 | Notably poor refereeing performance    

TEAM STATS

1st XI Cost: £158.90m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 7/11
Homegrown: 1/11
Subs Cost: £26.48m
Team Cost: £185.38m
Squad Cost: £197.44m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 14/20
Homegrown: 6/20

Starting XI Average Age: 26.54

Oldest Player: 36.46
W Ashley Young

Youngest Player: 20.56
M Jacob Ramsey

TEAM NEWS

Emiliano Buendía replaces the injured Marvelous Nakamba whilst Anwar El Ghazi, Morgan Sanson and Jed Steer drop out of the squad with a series of unidentified players having been tested positive for COVID-19.

Jaden Philogene-Bidace, Cameron Archer and Tim Iroegbunam are promoted back to the bench whist goalkeeper Filip Marschall makes his first squad appearance for Villa.

UNAVAILABLE

Injury | 3 |

W Bertrand Traoré | 🇧🇫 |
Thigh, 16 Oct - 26 Dec
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W Leon Bailey | 🇯🇲 |
Thigh, 5 Dec -13 Feb
---
Marvelous Nakamba | 🇿🇼 |
Knee, 14 Dec - 9 Apr
---

Covid-19 | 3 |

W Anwar El Ghazi | 🇳🇱 |
Covid-19 Guidelines, 14 Dec - 26 Dec
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M Morgan Sanson | 🇫🇷 |
Covid-19 Guidelines, 14 Dec - 26 Dec
---
GK Jed Steer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
Covid-19 Guidelines, 14 Dec - 26 Dec
---

Out On Loan | 3 |

CF Wesley | 🇧🇷 | Club Brugge
26 Aug - Jan 22
---
M Conor Hourihane | 🇮🇪 | Sheffield United
30 Aug - 31 May 22
---
RB Frédéric Guilbert | 🇫🇷 | Strasbourg
31 Aug - 30 Jun 22
---

Not Selected | 6 |

GK Viljami Sinisalo | 🇫🇮 |
CB Sil Swinkels | 🇳🇱 |
M Hayden Lindley | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
M Aaron Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Caleb Chukwuemeka | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Keinan Davis | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

MATCH STATS

Possession F | 50%
Possession A | 50%
Shots F | 17
Shots A | 7
Shots on Target F | 6
Shots on Target A | 3
Corners F | 10
Corners A | 7
Fouls F | 9
Fouls A | 12

MANAGER

Steven Gerrard

STAFF

Assistant Manager: Aaron Danks
Assistant Manager: Gary McAllister
Assistant Manager: Michael Beale
Sporting Director: Johan Lange
Technical Director: Jeremy Oliver

STARTING LINE UP

GK Emiliano Martínez | 🇦🇷 |
LB Matt Targett | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CB Ezri Konsa | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 |
CB Tyrone Mings | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
RB Matty Cash | 🇵🇱 |
M Douglas Luiz | 🇧🇷 |
M John McGinn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | 🔁 |
M Jacob Ramsey | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | ⚽ |
W Ashley Young | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🔁 |
W Emiliano Buendía | 🇦🇷 | 🔁 |
CF Ollie Watkins | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |🦵🏼| ⚽ |

SUBSTITUTES

🔁 | F Danny Ings 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 for W Ashley Young | 60’ |
🔁 | M Carney Chukwuemeka 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |🦵🏼| for W Emiliano Buendía | 83’ |
🔁 | CB Axel Tuanzebe 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 for M John McGinn | 88’ |

UNUSED SUBSTITUTES

GK Filip Marschall | 🇵🇱 |
CB Kortney Hause | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Trézéguet | 🇪🇬 |
M Tim Iroegbunam | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
W Jaden Philogene-Bidace | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
CF Cameron Archer | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |

THE OPPOSITION

Team:
GK Tim Krul | 🇳🇱 | Free |
RB Max Aarons | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | Yth |
CB Ozan Kabak | 🇹🇷 | Free | 🔁 (RB Sam Byram 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | £0.75m)
CB Ben Gibson | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £8.37m |
LB Brandon Williams | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | 🟨 | Loan |
M Billy Gilmour | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Loan |
M Jacob Lungi Sørensen | 🇩🇰 | £0.99m |
M Kenny McLean | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | £0.20m |
W Przemyslaw Placheta | 🇵🇱 | £2.70m | 🔁 (M Kieran Dowell 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £1.98m)
W Todd Cantwell | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth | 🔁 (CF Adam Idah 🇮🇪 | Yth)
CF Teemu Pukki | 🇫🇮 | Free |

Unused:
GK Angus Gunn | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £5.27m |
CB Bali Mumba | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | £0.35m |
LB Dimitrios Giannoulis | 🇬🇷 | £6.75m |
CB Jonathan Tomkinson | 🇺🇸 | Yth |
CF Thomas Dickson-Peters | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 | Yth |
W Jonathan Rowe | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 | Yth |

Manager: Dean Smith | 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 |
1st XI Cost: £12.26m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 6/11
Homegrown: 2/11
Subs Cost: £2.73m
Team Cost: £14.99m
Squad Cost: £27.35m
Home Nation 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 : 12/20
Homegrown: 6/20

ex: Also played for the Villa

g: Scored

s/o: Sent off

s-: Sub off; s+: Sub on

ON THIS DAY

Ezri Konsa, 24, made his 85th appearance for Villa since joining the club in July 2019 whilst under 23 goalkeeper Filip Marschall made his first ever appearance in the Villa squad aged 18. Meanwhile, Axel Tuanzebe, 24, made his final Villa appearance as this third loan spell with the club was cut short.

Jacob Ramsey, scored his second goal for Villa as he broke through the Norwich defence to finish in style, Tuesday, 14 December 2021.

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MATCH TIMELINE

⚽ | 34’ Goal, 1-0, Jacob Ramsey, Assist by Ollie Watkins
⏱️ | HT Norwich City 0-1 Aston Villa
🟨 | 49’ Booking, Ezri Konsa, Bad foul
🔁 | 60’ Sub off, Ashley Young (injury), Sub on, Danny Ings
🔁 | 83’ Sub off, Emiliano Buendía, Sub on, Carney Chukwuemeka
⚽ | 87’ Goal, 2-0, Ollie Watkins, Assist by Carney Chukwuemeka
🔁 | 88’ Sub off, John McGinn, Sub on, Axel Tuanzebe
⏱️ | FT Norwich City 0-2 Aston Villa

MANAGER WATCH

👍 Steven Gerrard has the second best top flight Points Per Game after six games since Eric Houghton.

POSITION

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MATCH PROGRAMME

MATCH PROGRAMME

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QUOTES

“It’s a big win, an important win. The first half was outstanding. We challenged the players - can we come here, keep a clean sheet and win? They did that. It comes off a very challenging week.

“It was a really strong away performance. I would have liked the second goal to have come earlier. I thought we controlled large parts of this game.

“For 45 minutes we were outstanding and really looking like the identity I am trying to bring to the club. We were strong out of possession and organised. We were difficult to play against and we looked really dangerous.

“It’s a bright start, but it’s my job to keep pushing the standards.”

Steven Gerrard.

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*BBC Sport*
Tuesday, 14 December 2021

“Aston Villa gained their fourth win in six games since Steven Gerrard took charge as they beat their former boss Dean Smith’s new team Norwich - whose relegation fears deepen.”

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Jacob Ramsey said he wants to emulate Steven Gerrard in becoming “one of the best goalscoring midfielders” after a magnificent solo effort helped Aston Villa win 2-0 at Norwich.

The 20-year-old ran at the Canaries defence from inside his own half before thumping the ball past Tim Krul to break the deadlock at Carrow Road.

Ollie Watkins sidefooted home Carney Chukwuemeka’s low delivery to complete the scoring and deepen Norwich’s relegation fears.

“I’ve been watching clips of the gaffer,” Ramsey told BT Sport. “He was one of the best goalscoring midfielders and that’s what I want to be.

“I saw Ollie [Watkins] knock it off, there was no-one there, so I thought ‘why not?’”

Gerrard has now won four of his six games as Villa boss since replacing Dean Smith - now in charge at Norwich - last month.
And the former England captain was thrilled with Ramsey’s effort.

“As a midfielder, you can only applaud that kind of play,” Gerrard said. “To then unleash a shot like that - it should be in the running for goal of the month.”

The victory lifts the visitors into the top half of the Premier League before Wednesday’s fixtures - proving the perfect response to Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool - while Norwich remain rooted to the foot of the table.

“It’s a big win, an important win,” Gerrard told BBC Match of the Day. “The first half was outstanding. It comes off a very challenging week. The application [from the players] at Anfield - they maxed out there.

“It’s a bright start, but it’s my job to keep pushing the standards.”

Dominant Villa win comfortably

Since replacing Smith at Villa in November, Gerrard has set about making them more difficult to beat.

They delivered a resilient display as they were beaten at Liverpool - but at Carrow Road, the onus was on Gerrard’s team to set the tone against a side with the worst defensive record in the division.

John McGinn almost opened the scoring with the kind of swerving, long-range effort his manager would have been proud of in his heyday, only for Norwich goalkeeper Krul to tip the ball over the crossbar.

But it was Ramsey - one of the players promoted to the Villa first team by Smith - who gave the visitors the lead their intricate play deserved. The 20-year-old was allowed to run unchallenged from inside his own half to open the scoring with a powerful finish.

Watkins was denied by Krul early in the second half, but the Dutchman was powerless to stop the 25-year-old’s close-range effort three minutes from time. Second-half substitute Chukwuemeka showed skill and composure to pick out the former Brentford forward at the far post, leaving him with a simple finish.

Plenty to ponder for Smith

Smith praised the performance and spirit of his Norwich players following Saturday’s narrow defeat by Manchester United, but there was little to get the home supporters off their seats at Carrow Road on Tuesday.

Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez barely had to break sweat, with the hosts managing just three tame efforts on target all evening.

Todd Cantwell was restored to the starting line-up but struggled to make an impact, registering only 24 touches before being replaced early in the second half by Adam Idah. The midfielder headed straight down the tunnel after leaving the field.

To add injury to insult for the Canaries, Ozan Kabak was forced off with an apparent ankle problem in the first half, joining several first-team regulars - including the likes of club captain Grant Hanley, Milot Rashica and Mathias Normann - already on the sidelines.

Jacob Ramsey said he wants to emulate Steven Gerrard in becoming “one of the best goalscoring midfielders” after a magnificent solo effort helped Aston Villa win 2-0 at Norwich.

The 20-year-old ran at the Canaries defence from inside his own half before thumping the ball past Tim Krul to break the deadlock at Carrow Road.

Ollie Watkins sidefooted home Carney Chukwuemeka’s low delivery to complete the scoring and deepen Norwich’s relegation fears.

“I’ve been watching clips of the gaffer,” Ramsey told BT Sport. “He was one of the best goalscoring midfielders and that’s what I want to be.

“I saw Ollie [Watkins] knock it off, there was no-one there, so I thought ‘why not?’”

Gerrard has now won four of his six games as Villa boss since replacing Dean Smith - now in charge at Norwich - last month.
And the former England captain was thrilled with Ramsey’s effort.

“As a midfielder, you can only applaud that kind of play,” Gerrard said. “To then unleash a shot like that - it should be in the running for goal of the month.”

The victory lifts the visitors into the top half of the Premier League before Wednesday’s fixtures - proving the perfect response to Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool - while Norwich remain rooted to the foot of the table.

“It’s a big win, an important win,” Gerrard told BBC Match of the Day. “The first half was outstanding. It comes off a very challenging week. The application [from the players] at Anfield - they maxed out there.

“It’s a bright start, but it’s my job to keep pushing the standards.”

Dominant Villa win comfortably

Since replacing Smith at Villa in November, Gerrard has set about making them more difficult to beat.

They delivered a resilient display as they were beaten at Liverpool - but at Carrow Road, the onus was on Gerrard’s team to set the tone against a side with the worst defensive record in the division.

John McGinn almost opened the scoring with the kind of swerving, long-range effort his manager would have been proud of in his heyday, only for Norwich goalkeeper Krul to tip the ball over the crossbar.

But it was Ramsey - one of the players promoted to the Villa first team by Smith - who gave the visitors the lead their intricate play deserved. The 20-year-old was allowed to run unchallenged from inside his own half to open the scoring with a powerful finish.

Watkins was denied by Krul early in the second half, but the Dutchman was powerless to stop the 25-year-old’s close-range effort three minutes from time. Second-half substitute Chukwuemeka showed skill and composure to pick out the former Brentford forward at the far post, leaving him with a simple finish.

Plenty to ponder for Smith

Smith praised the performance and spirit of his Norwich players following Saturday’s narrow defeat by Manchester United, but there was little to get the home supporters off their seats at Carrow Road on Tuesday.

Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez barely had to break sweat, with the hosts managing just three tame efforts on target all evening.

Todd Cantwell was restored to the starting line-up but struggled to make an impact, registering only 24 touches before being replaced early in the second half by Adam Idah. The midfielder headed straight down the tunnel after leaving the field.

To add injury to insult for the Canaries, Ozan Kabak was forced off with an apparent ankle problem in the first half, joining several first-team regulars - including the likes of club captain Grant Hanley, Milot Rashica and Mathias Normann - already on the sidelines.